At this time we are not scheduling breathe tests on unvaccinated individuals.
If you are unvaccinated and scheduled for an appointment at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, you will need to schedule a COVID test at Sentara Healthcare Fifth Street 72 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Updated May 21, 2021
Charlottesville Gastroenterology Associates remains committed to the safety of our patients, staff and their families.
We are proud of our staff-nearly 100% of our staff is fully vaccinated. The number of patients that we see who have also been vaccinated is very encouraging for our community. Despite this, it is important to continue safety measures to protect staff and patients who are not vaccinated and are at risk.
Face masks will continue to be required for all staff and patients, regardless of vaccination status.
Entrance to the building is restricted to patients and staff only, and we ask that visitors/drivers wait in their vehicles during appointments. Exceptions to this policy are rare but can be arranged prior to the appointment if it is in the best interest of the patient.
Patients will be screened at reception upon checking in for their appointment. If you have any questions about your health status or symptoms, or have had a known exposure to a COVID positive person within the last 14 days, please call the office to speak to a nurse about whether or not you should come in for your visit.
All employees are temperature and symptom screened upon arrival at work.
As a AAAHC certified endoscopy center, we have always maintained the highest standards of disinfection. In addition to our standard high level disinfection processes, we have reconfigured our waiting rooms to allow for social distancing and added HEPA filter “air scrubbers” tot he procedure rooms and pre-procedure areas.
As always, we thank you for entrusting us with your care.
Charlottesville Gastroenterology Associates
We value the safety of you and your family. We continue to follow CDC and local health department guidelines. We continue to take the additional steps outlined below to protect you, your family, and our staff during these unprecedented times.
PATIENT INFORMATION FOR YOUR VISIT OR PROCEDURE
We value the safety of you and your family. During this time, we have taken additional steps to protect you, your family, and our staff. These include:
We ask that you carefully monitor yourself for symptoms prior to coming in for your appointment. If you have any questions about whether or not you should come in, please call the office.
Patients who are symptomatic when they arrive for their visit or procedure will be rescheduled.
Only patients will be allowed in the building, no visitors or family members.
Your driver must remain in their vehicle, or provide a cell phone number at check in. Drivers are asked to return 45 minutes after your appointment time.
To Our Patients and Families,
In response to the recent challenges our region is facing related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Charlottesville Gastroenterology Associates want to update you on proactive measures we are taking to keep you safe and healthy while you are under our care.
We have always employed the highest disinfection and sterilization standards in our AAAHC-accredited endoscopy unit, meeting or exceeding national guidelines for endoscope reprocessing. In addition, we have augmented our already stringent cleaning processes both in our office and in the Digestive Care Center. This includes nightly deep cleansing of all surfaces, doors, handles, chairs, and rest rooms in our clinical areas and waiting rooms.
When you arrive at our office, you will be asked to answer standardized questions regarding your recent travel history and any symptoms you might be experiencing that have been associated with coronavirus infection. These questions have been developed with our care partner, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, in accordance with CDC guidelines. We also encourage our patients and staff to practice social distancing; for your safety, we are discouraging shaking hands, and as always you will see us using hand disinfectant before and after all patient encounters.
We are currently implementing new technologies that will permit us to offer telehealth services for those unable to visit our office in person. These virtual visits will allow evaluation and treatment through your smart phone or computer. Our staff will be starting to arrange such visits within the next week.
Our office staff is routinely contacting patients 72 hours before procedures and 48 hours before office visits to assure that you are not experiencing any upper respiratory symptoms and to screen for recent travel to restricted areas identified as coronavirus hot spots. We will continue to update our practices in accordance with national and local guidelines, and we ask that you notify us before your visit if you’re not feeling well or if you are concerned about community contacts.
We have waived any cancellation fees in the event you need to cancel your appointment or procedure on short notice.
Your safety is our main priority, and we thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare. We will continually update our website, www.cvillegi.com, with measures we are taking to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in this challenging and unprecedented rapidly changing time. Please contact us at any time should you have questions or concerns about our updated policies.
The Physicians & Staff of Charlottesville Gastroenterology Associates